With the 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards officially in the books, we’re one step closer to the finish line of that glamorous marathon called awards season.
“12 Years a Slave” nabbed the night’s top honor of Best Picture, while acting nods were doled out to Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong’o, to name a few. But it was Jared Leto, Sandra Bullock, Mark Wahlberg and Julia Roberts that offered some of the night’s most memorable moments, including three “Dazed and Confused” references in the last hour of the show.
“Alright, Alright, Alright”
While accepting the honor of Best Supporting Actor, Leto delivered a perfect speech by balancing sincerity and hilarity. After dedicating the award to those affected by HIV and AIDS, Leto fixed his gaze on his “Dallas Buyers Club” co-star Matthew McConaughey. “Gotta do it, baby. Alright, alright, alright!” (Later, both Jessica Chastain and McConaughey himself would echo the line.)
Wahlberg Thanks The Troops
Accepting the award for Best Actor in an Action Movie for “Lone Survivor,” Mark Wahlberg took the high road and thanked the real-life heroes who inspired the film, as well as the Afghan people that rescued Marcus Luttrell in real life. “I wanna thank my wife and my kids for allowing me to pretend to be something as important as a soldier fighting in Afghanistan,” he added.
Oprah Winfrey Honors Forest Whitaker
Oprah took the stage to present her “Butler” co-star Forest Whitaker with the Joel Siegel Award for his charitable work with the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative. “Throughout my journey I have been truly moved by what the young people I’ve encountered have been willing to sacrifice for their community,” he said. “They’re heroes in every sense of the word.” Reminding the audience that his organization strives to create peace in areas of unrest, the actor left us with a few words to live by: “Your pain is my pain, your face is my own reflection.”
Sorry, Mom and Dad
DiCaprio, while accepting the award for Best Actor in a Comedy: “Thank you to my parents. I thank you and I simultaneously apologize to you about everything I did in this movie.” We think an apology to co-star Margot Robbie might be in order next time.
Who Needs Clooney?
Bullock had a blast with her Best Actress in an Action Movie win for “Gravity,” taking time out to thank her mentors, Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone. As for her co-star, George Clooney, she’d like to thank him for “floating away and not coming back.”
The spotlight shines bright on America’s Sweetheart even when she doesn’t win. Presenting the night’s final award to Steve McQueen and his “12 Years a Slave” team, Roberts joked: “This whole night has been like some strange Fellini movie I forgot was in my Netflix queue.” Later, Roberts would confess that her mom texted to see if she had won the Best Supporting Actress award. The “August: Osage County” star lied, asking winner Nyong’o to keep the secret if she happened to cross paths with Roberts’ mother.
Genius? Or Insane?
McConaughey presented the Louis XIII Genius Award to Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater for their “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” series, spanning the length of 18 years. “We’re the lowest grossing film trilogy in cinema history,” Hawke said with a laugh, while the trio pondered whether they were geniuses or just simply insane. (Insanity proved accurate.)